Coin Specifications

Category: Buffalo Five Cents (1913-1938)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 1,520
Obverse Designer: James Earle Fraser
Reverse Designer: James Earle Fraser
Composition: Copper-Nickel
Weight: 5.0000g
Diameter: 21.2mm
Edge: Plain
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1913 TYPE 1 5C PF obverse 1913 TYPE 1 5C PF reverse

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Description & Analysis

In his book The Complete Guide to Buffalo Nickels, David W. Lange observed of this issue, "If someone has not had the opportunity to examine Type 1 proofs, these may easily be confused with very well struck currency pieces." Indeed, distinguishing the two is not dependent on strike alone. The proofs have an extremely fine crystalline or satin finish that is quite different from conventional mint luster, but this quality may be obscured on pieces that have been harshly cleaned.

Collectors of the time noted the minimal differences unfavorably, yet this issue still enjoyed respectable sales for the novelty of its design. They've suffered an unusually high attrition rate, and it's possible that many were later spent intentionally or accidentally. Gems are quite elusive and are also in much demand as the only Type 1 issue.


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Price Guide

Last Updated: 1/17/2017

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1913 TYPE 1 5C PF
Base $ - - - - - - - - - 750 850 1025 1300 2600 3650 4700 7800 32500 - -
$ - - - - - - - - - - - 5250 13750 -

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Total Graded: 301
Low Grade: 62
Average Grade: 65
High Grade: 68

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Auction Prices Realized

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Sale / Lot
10/30/1996 PCGS PF 64   Teletrade Auction 0889, 889/Lot# 1164 $1,080.00
1/10/1997 NGC PF 66   Heritage Auctions 1997 F.U.N. Bullet Sale #166, 166/Lot# 104 $1,567.50
1/28/2004 PCGS PF 67   Heritage Auctions 2004 January Long Beach Signature Sale #342, 342/Lot# 5519 $7,475.00
8/11/2010 PCGS PF 65   Heritage Auctions 2010 August Boston, MA Signature & Platinum Night ANA Coin Auction #1143, 1143/Lot# 4321 $2,760.00
4/27/2011 NGC PF 67   Heritage Auctions 2011 April Rosemont CSNS Signature & Platinum Night US Coin Auction Session(1), 1154/Lot# 3181 $5,750.00
11/28/2011 PCGS PF 66   David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 640, 647/Lot# 89 $4,508.00
2/3/2013 PCGS PF 65   Goldberg February 3-6, 2013 The Pre-Long Beach Auction, 72/Lot# 1148 $3,795.00
7/17/2015 PCGS   Stack's Bowers July 2015 Baltimore Auction, 6105/Lot# 4165 $4,113.68

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1913 TYPE 1 5C PF
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Grade: PF 67
Points: 6410
Owner: Leonard Raines
Grade: PF 66
Points: 3783
Owner: BillJones
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